"I just hope these guys’ wives and their children understand how courageous their husbands and dads were. They fought like warriors."
- SGT Jacob Walker
1LT Jonathan Brostrom
SGT Israel Garcia
SPC Matthew Phillips
SPC Pruitt Rainey
SPC Jonathan Ayers
SPC Jason Bogar
SPC Sergio Abad
SPC Jason Hovater
SPC Gunnar Zwilling
All Sky Soldiers of Chosen Company, 2/503 Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. They were killed in action at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler near Wanat in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on July 13, 2008. 27 Americans and four Afghan soldiers were wounded.
Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and with all of the men who were there that day. We will always remember.
Originally posted 13 July 2009.
Scroll down at this link to read about the MEDEVAC Heroes of that day, as well as the many awards - some posthumously - received by the warriors of Wanat.